I have a very relaxed style of photography and like to let things unfold naturally, encouraging children to run around and explore so that I can see them naturally, keeping them engaged and capturing their individual expressions and unscripted moments. I’m always happy to give gentle direction with any type of portrait and for family sessions, will generally take a variety of group photos, parent and child portraits and individual photos of the child/ children, aiming for a mix of somewhat posed as well as un-posed images.
These beautiful portraits and simply having your relationship captured on camera shouldn’t just be reserved for wedding days, these times are magical and the love and meaningful touches and moments should be captured.
Whether you’ve just got engaged, celebrating an anniversary or just would like to document your love for each other. This is a really personal and intimate photo shoot that you can really enjoy and cherish some alone time together. There’s no stress and no rush to get to your guests like there can be on a wedding day, it’s just the two of you and me capturing you, as you are!
My role is to document your personalities and love for each other, the way you look at each other, laugh with or at each other and capturing the two of you, in the moment, real and powerful. I’m more than happy to give a little direction although I will also encourage natural moments through conversation, asking questions and laughing with you, these are the natural moments I aim to document.
The newborn and baby shoots I offer are not the kind of shoot where I’ll put your baby in a basket or wrapped up and dressed in a way that he/ she will never be dressed again. Personally, I prefer to capture those first few days/ weeks/ months as they really are. Nursing a tiny baby, looking and cooing at this tiny miracle you’ve created. Capturing the moments between newborn and older siblings. A true reflection that you can look at in years to come and remember just how precious (and hard) those first weeks were.
As a Mum of a baby and a teenager I know just how quickly children change and grow, and how important it is to capture and document some of those milestones and memories and how easily they’re forgotten.
I LOVE maternity shoots and even Birth photography! There is something magical about growing a tiny human inside of you and I absolutely love photographing expectant mothers. I know that overwhelming, special, protective feeling us mums-to-be have and what an amazing time this is, and I really regret not having captured some gorgeous photos of my bump and that special time in my life.
I offer both in home and outdoor maternity shoots which can be booked on their own or in conjunction with a newborn shoot. For more on Birth photography please get in touch, or to get more of an idea on this why not read my post on my friend Lucy’s birth over on my blog here.
These lifestyle shoots are the way forward for me! A unique way to tell your family story - real you, raw, and capturing those individual personalities of your family members. Known as fly on the wall or day in the life – they’re unscripted and un-posed, so if the thought of saying “cheese” through gritted teeth at the camera makes you cringe then this is definitely for you. My lifestyle sessions focus on capturing real connections and relationships.
Whether you choose a session in your home or at an outdoor location, I want to create authentic family images which show emotion. No fuss, no frills, just the true essence of you, your family and your lifestyle - your way.
Through interaction and what usually isn’t seen in family photos – I will observe and document your family, as they are and how you should remember them, whether this means chocolate covered faces, messy hair, muddy toes, cheeky grins and cuddles in bed with a story – these are the real you, with the fun, laughter, cuddles, love, tears, tantrums, emotion and humour - the core elements in these documentary style photo shoots.
FAMILIES, COUPLES, MATERNITY & NEWBORN
A selection of at least 70 high resolution images from the shoot will be carefully edited both in colour and in black & white, retouched and placed in a private online gallery for you and your loved ones to view and download digital copies for yourself or purchase prints.
(pre-wedding couple sessions are available for booked wedding clients at the reduced price of £185)
My beautiful fine art prints and albums can both be purchased after your session if you wish to do so. I work only with the highest calibre professional grade printers and framers to produce a range of superior prints and wall art products.
LIFESTYLE (a combination of colour and black & white).
I believe that photographs should not live as jpegs on your computer, social media and in your phone, I believe there’s nothing quite like seeing photos in print and seeing these fine art pieces displayed in your home. Therefore, my lifestyle collections have been carefully curated with an emphasis on quality with timeless appeal from a taster session for a snapshot of your life, and family time, to a fly on the wall style on a weekday evening from school pick up, documenting playtime, tea time, playing, homework, a trip out maybe to the park, and if grandparents are local it’s great to invite them over for a tea. This ends with bath time and bed or a nice story and your little ones being tucked in giving truly wonderful moments that you would never think to capture, the memories from a fly on the wall. My Day in the Life family photography sessions are the ultimate luxury all-inclusive experience! The new big thing, and I can see why it’s turning into such a craze. They allow an intimate window on your family life for a real insight into what makes you “you” creating stunning fine art portraits for you to treasure for a lifetime. While a taster session is ideal for a snapshot look at family time together.
Upward of 70 edited images in an online...
6 7x5 fine art prints and a 20 page fine art 8x6” coffee table book.
FLY ON THE WALL
Up to 5 hours after school to bedtime
Upward of 150 edited images in an online...
6 7x5 fine art prints
One wall mounted image of your choice
20 page fine art 12x8” coffee table book.
THE INTIMATE WINDOW
A full day documentary session
Upward of 300 edited images in an online...
6 7x5 fine art prints
One wall mounted image of your choice
40 page fine art 14x10 coffee table book
If you are looking for a lifestyle session with digital downloads only then please see my prices below:
Fly on the Wall £795
The Intimate Window £1250
A fee of £150 is due upon booking to secure your session date and this is deducted from your final package price which is to be paid before your session.
Where do the portrait sessions take place?
You may opt for an outdoor session at a location of your choice, maybe somewhere personal to you, or it can take place in the comfort of your own home. Some of my favourite outdoor locations local to me include West Wittering Beach, the Cathedral gardens in Chichester and the beautiful woodland in and around the Goodwood Estate on the South Downs. Of course, I welcome your suggestions too.
Do you travel for portrait sessions?
I am happy to hold sessions within 30 minutes from me in Westergate, Chichester. For further afield travel expenses will be charged at 45p per mile.
When is best for an outdoor photoshoot?
I prefer for these sessions to take place as early or as late in the day as possible (light and weather permitting) as this is when the light is soft, pretty and has a gorgeous golden glow. Although I can be flexible to work with you and your timeframes.
What if it forecasts rain for the day of our shoot?
I keep a close eye on the weather as your session date approaches and will always suggest a back up date in case of bad weather.
We have a big family, is that okay?
Yes of course, I welcome Grandparents and cousins if you like, although if there are separate families wanting separate family group photos there would be an additional charge.
Do you offer retouching services?
Yes I do offer professional retouching services. As standard white balance / colours and a basic edit will be done to your photos and if you wake up on the day of your shoot with a spot on the end of your nose, I will of course remove this. Extensive retouching would be an additional cost.
Do you require a deposit?
A retainer of £75 is required to secure your booking. For a full day lifestyle booking the retainer fee is £150
When will we see our photos?
Your collection will be available for you view approximately 7-10 days after your session. During the high season this can take a little longer - I am a true perfectionist and therefore will not rush the editing process.
Who owns the copyright on our photos?
When you purchase a USB drive of your photos (included in your package) you are purchasing a shared copyright and print release, this is for your own personal print use and for use on your social networking profiles such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The photographer always owns the copyright, therefore I share the copyright with you enabling Adorlee Weddings & Events to use the photos for self promotion on this website, in magazines, editorials, exhibitions, books and other media purposes. However, any public display use by me must be agreed by you first and this is of course, at your own discretion. If you would like me to contact you first before using any images to check you are happy with my choice, I am always more than happy to do so. Please do let me know if you are in a position (perhaps of authority) where your images cannot be used for public display.
Do you have privacy policies/ confidential contracts in place?
Upon request VIP arrangements (confidentiality agreements) will be put in place to protect privacy and press interest, therefore any photos used for public display by Adorlee for self-promotion, will need to be agreed in writing by the client.